Kegs on the Mountain

OK, first of all, there actually aren’t any pictures of the kegs.  I don’t know how this happened, but there were some 4th of July kegs at camp this weekend dragged up the mountain by yours truly!  More importantly, though, some scrumptious meals were enjoyed by all as well.  Breakfast was epic as usual, including copious amounts of bacon, sausage, hash browns, and salsa!

Awesome Bacon without Nasty Preservatives 🙂

Some of the Best Tasting Jarred Salsa Around

Notice the Boxer Ready and Waiting 😉

All Together for a Marvelous Mountain Burrito

 

That yielded this delicious breakfast scramble….

The scramble included

  • cooked bacon
  • diced leftover baked potato
  • bell pepper
  • minced dried onion
  • many many eggs…

It was great on a chilly morning by the camp fire.

More random eats on the mountain included…

Reheating pizza from the town nearby on the fire.

And hot dogs, of course :D.

The dogs were photogenic, as usual ;).

Kaya Under my Bed

Stony Bear

Ox Getting Comfortable 😉

Kaya's more Comfortable in one of the Campers!

Hunna

Hunna and Axle

Those boxers raise a lot of hell at camp, but they sure are nice on the old camera lense!

We took one of the guys’ four wheelers up to East Ten Sleep Lake, and I got some great shots before a storm rolled in.

This one below is probably one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken with the old point and shoot camera!

And then the storm rolled in…

And as fast as it came in, it was on its way out again on the ride back to camp.  Got a nice shot of Big Horn Ski Resort.

There wasn’t a whole lot of climbing because my thumb is still all jacked up from the horse incident last weekend :(.  I did, however, get this cool panoramic shot of the canyon!

It’s so green this time of year.  I absolutely love this place.  Next weekend I’m off to the climbing festival in Lander to check out Sinks Canyon!  But first another work week to get through!

What did you guys do for the holiday weekend??

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Getting Back on the Horse

I mean the title of this post is both literally and figuratively.  Because I did both this weekend.  Yep.  I fell off the horse I was riding at the branding on Saturday.  I only have one thing to say.  It hurt a lot more than I ever expected it to. 

Not that falling off of a horse is really something I ever pondered before, but I just didn’t expect it to hurt that badly as I was going down.  One minute I was looking at this.

The next, I was up close and personal with the ground.

Basically, I went out into the pasture to help the other 3 riders round up the 40 head of cattle.  Long story short, the horse and I went down into an old creek bed (read trees) I didn’t get him steered away from said trees quickly enough, took a branch to the arm, and it was pretty much game over from there.  Ground, meet Lindsey.  Lindsey, meet ground. 

I did get back onto the horse and rode on to the corral where the cows were already nicely rounded up. 

Uh, huge sigh of relief.  Where’s the Bud Light? 😉

Here’s how the branding goes down.  The cows and bulls are separated from the calves, accounted for, and vaccinated.  They are turned loose, but always hang around to wait for the calves.  The calves are branded, vaccinated, and tagged.  That’s it.  Then they’re turned back out into the pastures to eat grass and roam the Wyoming prairie to their little heart’s content. 

Here are some photos from the branding. 

The cows and bulls in a separate corral from calves.

The cutest calf ever.

The cutest little kid on the prairie and some of the other youngins.

Some other shots…

I was on calf control duty.  I just had to wave my arms and yell when they tried to come over to the “working” end of the corral…  It was hard 😉

And on to the other horse I triumphantly jumped back onto this weekend! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes 😀

Soooooo good.  I used Ashley’s Chococate Avocado Cake Recipe.

Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients + Avocado

Results…

Lots of cupcakes…

I used Ina Garten’s Peanut Butter Icing recipe.  Seriously.  Amazing.  Awe-inspiring.  Life changing. 

Yeah.  Stop poking your computer screen.  It doesn’t work that way.

Cupcake Heaven

I may have fallen off a horse today, but it’s cool, because I kicked these cupcakes’ butts! 

Now that you’re drooling.  I know you are.  Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes.  Ashley’s got load of tips and pictures for putting these bad boys together.  Just make sure you whip up the avocado well.  I used a whisk.  I baked the mini cupcakes for 15-18 minutes and the regular ones for 20-22 minutes. 

Peanut Butter Icing

  • 5 tablespoons of room temperature butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ~3 tablespoons whipping cream

Whip together the first 4 ingredients and then add the cream until the icing is light and fluffy.

So kids.  Get back on the horse.  Whether it’s an actual horse or the most amazing cupcakes the world has and will ever know, you’ll be glad you did :D.